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Welcome and enjoy. To look at any painting or photo please double click on the picture to take a closer look and if you'd like to purchase please email me at joanne@neelygomez.com

I welcome your comments and hope that as we journey together you will find, as I do, that it's more fun making a journey along with others and with each new work or adventure there is also growth and expansion. Come back again soon.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Paintings and Getting Ready for Opening/Exhibit in October & MORE

I've been busy since being asked to be the "Featured Artist" at Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque by the owner, Jillian Maresco.  We've talked about sizes, subjects and new paintings needed for October's happenings at the gallery.

I'm also readying paintings already finished for hanging and took the painting shown to the left to the gallery already after having it framed in a custom floater frame. The comments I received have been wonderful and that it has received lots of attention and interest and the owner is encouraging me to do more paintings like this "but HUGE" (hahaha).  These are things I (or any artist) love to hear!  the other painting shown to the right is a 20"x16" on wood panel original acrylic "New Mexico Color" just back from framer that will be available for purchase at Essence Gallery later today.


The painting shown to the left is the first of the paintings I am
going to be taking to the gallery just before my opening and exhibit in October.  This one is an original oil painting "Sandia Sunset" on 24"x16" canvas, needing only preparation for hanging.  Honestly I have always wanted to paint the Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque though very intimidated as Wilson Hurley was the master of painting these mountains so it took the encouragement of Jillian to just try, in my own style, painting them.  I'm so glad for her support and encouragement and so far my first gallery experience has been wonderful. Thank you Jillian.

More exciting news is that "Let's Paint New Mexico" will be having their own exhibit at Essence Gallery and Boutique coming up (more information to follow) and I am among 24 other artists who will be participating in that. We have already received our first photo to paint our own "rendition" of in any medium we choose and each will be in that exhibit coming up.  So, as you can tell, I am going to be one very busy and happy painter the next few months.  We shall see how good I am, also, at keeping all my online presences updated. THAT has been a huge challenge for me and I still have not updated my biggest online presence at www.neelygomez.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time for an Update & Announcement/Information

Since my last update June 15th I had been thinking I needed a drastic change with my hair so to the left is a photo I took before I went to Studio N in Corrales and had Nicole cut my hair and the photo to the right is my "after photo". In the background of the photo is my first seascape oil painting of a Peter Ellenshaw painting my art instructor, Mrs. Alice Goodman of Beaumont, CA, owned. It has been a little over a month with my new hairstyle and although most times it feels like me I'm still getting used to it.

My husband and I took our 32 ft fifth wheel up to Jemez
Falls Campground in the Jemez mountains about 45 minutes from our house and got a permit to drive the back country of the Valles Caldera.  I was very inspired, as I always am, by the beauty of this pristine imploded volcano. The photos shown are two of many I took of that beauty.

Artwork inspired by the Valles Caldera and done while we were on our RV trip are shown here.  Left is an 8"x10" acrylic on canvas "Valles Sunset", to the right is a small abstract on 7"x5" Canson watercolor card "Abstract Shell Mountain Cloud", also my small 7"x5" on Canson w/c card acrylic "Summer Storm".

We had some wonderful family time for Fourth of July weekend when our daughter, nephew and a friend drove over for the weekend and we got to go view the "Killer Heels" exhibit at the Albuquerque Art Museum.

We've had a return of the monsoons with much needed rain and cooler temperatures and hummingbirds, hawks, woodpeckers, a roadrunner, lizards and a wonderful variety of birds visiting our backyard and the multitude of flowers we have popping up everywhere.

Here are pictures of some "just for fun" projects I did
as gifts for friends in keeping my creative juices flowing in between a very busy time for me.  Pics to the left are of a box I hand painted for a dear friend's birthday and to the right are a birdhouse I started way back in November or December for another dear friend.  It was fun trying to paint things for each that I thought they would love and appreciate. They both loved their gifts.

The most recent painting I did is an original oil painting inspired by a sunset I saw while in Corrales, NM after having dinner with a friend.  This was one of those days that was very hot and as the sun started to go down a monsoon rain was fast approaching.  I call this 10"x8" original oil painting on canvas "Stormy Sunset".

My great news is that from the artwork I have at Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque at 323 Romero St. NW, Suite 1, two paintings have sold within the last month. The first "Pedernal from the Rio" pictured to the left to a couple from Albuquerque and "Nature's Blazing Sky"
to the right by partners from Orlando, FL.  When I took two paintings in yesterday to replace the two sold I was asked by the owner if I would like to be their "Featured Artist" for the month of October. Of course I said yes and am quite honored and grateful that October is Balloon Fiesta and one of the busiest times in Albuquerque.  I'm also grateful to owner, Jillian Maresco, for all the love and attention she puts into her beautiful art gallery and representation of myself and my artwork.  I hope all that can will put the opening on their calendar and come and support me (and maybe buy some beautiful artwork) or if you can't make the opening my artwork will be at the gallery for the month of October.  Come visit Albuquerque and the Balloon Fiesta, it is well worth the time and expense.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Mexico Sunset Beauty


One of the many reasons I love living in the state of New Mexico is it's beautiful natural beauty displayed with amazing sunrises, sunsets, and cloudscapes.  I had to share this sunset we had last night because it is just so awesome and helps others appreciate the natural beauty that can be found in the middle of the United States.  I hope you enjoy this little glimpse.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Beginning of Summer in New Mexico with Beautiful Weather & Artist Inspiration

We had a wonderful, refreshing, long spring this year in New Mexico and the beginning of summer has been blessed with rains, pleasant, cooler weather and the greening up of everything.  All of these things are inspirational to me as an artist. Though I've been busy and scheduling carefully to keep good balance between all the facets of my life, I am finding networking with other artists and being represented by a local gallery are exactly what I need for motivation, inspiration and encouragement.

"Let's Paint New Mexico" sent me a second photo with Challenge 11 and left it up to the artists participating whether they would submit two paintings for this challenge or only one.  I opted to paint two and so to the left is the photo they sent and to the right my original oil painting submission "Overlook", it is on 10"x8" canvas and is available for purchase.

Here are some pictures of the nest built by what we
think is a Says Phoebe and the three babies she subsequently had as she flies back and forth providing food for them until they are ready to leave the nest. They are already getting so big they are sitting on top of each other so it probably won't be all that long until they are going on their experimental flights all over the front and backyard.  They do keep us entertained.

I happen to believe that I live in the most beautiful
state in the United States. New Mexico is full of places I have yet to explore though recently after a trip to Clovis, New Mexico on our way home we stopped at the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa. If you've never heard about it, google it, it is quite an interesting and beautiful place where divers practice deep sea diving and locals go to cool off in the heat of the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures.  While in Santa Rosa we also visited "Bless Me Ultima" Landscape honoring Rudolfo Anaya, known as one of the founders contemporary Chicano literature.

Here are two recent paintings.  The first was inspired
by the beauty of a sunset we had night before last as I was driving home from Corrales, after
a brief thunder shower.  This is an original oil painting "Stormy Sunset" on 10"x8" canvas. The second is a floral I have reworked a couple of times that is yet to be titled.  It is an original oil painting on 8"x8" canvas.  Both of these paintings are available for purchase. Please contact me directly if you are interested.

My artwork is on display at Essence Gallery and
Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque if you would like to view some pieces up close and personal.  It is a beautiful gallery with varied artists working in different mediums, some jewelry and clothing and just a very fun place to visit. Make sure you say hello to the owner, Jillian, and go upstairs before you leave. We visited last week and enjoyed watching people dancing, a band playing and lots of activity on the plaza.  Here's a picture or two and before leaving Old Town stop in at The Blue Portal on Church Street just up from the plaza where my husband has some of his metal creations (a lamp made of recycled plumbing parts and beautiful metal cross) displayed and available for sale.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Challenge 11 for Let's Paint New Mexico and New Original Floral Oil Painting

Just after updating I received two photos from Let's Paint New Mexico for their Challenge 11.  That same night I decided to try the first photo and see what I could come up with.  To the left is the first photo sent me and to the right my oil painting rendition I call "Wild in Carrizozo" on 10"x8" canvas. I am still in the process of painting from the second photo I was sent from the Let's Paint New Mexico website.

A couple nights after doing the first painting for Challenge 11, I picked up an 8"x10" canvas that I had experimented with different backgrounds on and painted my original oil floral "Honoring the Hydrangea" shown to the right.

I have been so inspired by the beauty that is popping up all over New Mexico of late due to the wettest May anyone can remember. We are looking forward to an extended spring with showers and cooler temperatures than normal through June. It's wonderful to see so much green and the colors of bountiful flowers and blooms.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Exciting News and Overdue for an Update

Since I last updated this art blog I've been pretty busy and have some exciting news too.  Although it's taken me almost a month to update I'll try and keep it brief.

Just after updating last month we had visitors from the state of Washington who stayed with us during the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow that is held every year in Albuquerque. We hosted 4 to 6, one 17 years of age, a jingle dancer representing the Wanapum of Priest Rapids who has been featured in National Geographic magazine. Her mother is a dear friend of 24 years.  Here is a picture of the beautiful pendleton blanket they gifted me with before leaving our home on their journey home.

I was asked to do a commissioned painting and here is a picture of the original oil painting "With Gratitude and Affection" I painted on 10"x8" canvas.  I needed to overnight ship it and upon receipt the new owner emailed me "I absolutely love it, well worth every penny and more!"  Beautiful words to an artist's ear.

I received this photograph from "Let's Paint New
Mexico" for their Challenge 10 and then will post my oil painting submission "Mother's Day Sanctuario 2015" on 10"x8" canvas framed and available for purchase and hanging.  It has now been framed in a beautiful silver frame and is available for purchase directly from me.

I bought my own domain and am in the process of posting my artwork available for purchase online using an online shopping cart.  Please check out my new website at neelygomez.com keeping in mind that it is a work in progress, though I believe I'm off to a good start.  I have also been busy having available artwork beautifully framed.  Here is just one example. It is my original acrylic and oil painting "Bright Contrasts" on 16"x12" canvas.

We have been having visitors to our backyard in the form of feathered friends.  I want to end my updating with a few pictures of the beautiful Western Tanager we have been blessed with having over the course of the past couple of weeks. This morning we actually saw two an have also had Orioles, our resident hawk and now have a Phoebe or Flycatcher camped out in her nest above our front porch sconce waiting for the arrival of her babies.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Grateful to be Busy, Behind on Updating -- Here We Go!

Since updating last it seems I got so busy I fell behind in my posting, so please indulge me as I try to include all that's been going on and the inspiration and motivation behind my creativity.

First I was sent the photo to the left for Challenge 8 of Let's Paint
New Mexico and the photo to the right is my rendition of this challenge.  It is a 10"x8" oil painting I titled "Truckin' Around Arroyo Seco".  I'm enjoying the challenges through the photos sent as I get to decide what to include, leave out, and additions all my own.
Next as I found myself looking at photos I took in 2013 of our beautiful backyard flowers and visiting birds I was inspired to paint my original oil painting on 8"x10" canvas "Sipping the Nectar" of a gorgeous oriole at my hummingbird feeder.

One of the reasons I began looking at the older photos was that it was a rather cold and windy day here in New Mexico and I needed a bit of motivation to plant my flower seeds.  Those photos gave me just the right motivation and I'm happy to say that the next day after painting I threw my wildflower seeds, added compost to the top, watered it all and am now waiting for my first flowers to pop up their heads from the soil.

One of the paintings I did for Challenge 7, I believe it was, for Let's Paint New Mexico I did several renditions of and had it framed.  I really like the way that the finished oil painting I named "Ying & Yang in Lavender" looks in this frame.  I could trim the edges of the photo for this blog, though I like the perspective and feel I get from seeing the framed painting at it's actual size.


Next I finished the sky of an original oil painting on 10"x8" canvas where I used a palette knife to paint in the rocky cliffs "Cliffs of Palette" shown here to the left.  I like trying my hand at different effects and mediums as, in life, I love the challenge and variety.

Next was Challenge 9 by Let's Paint New Mexico.  I like the variations in color and depth and painted my
first version which I named "Amongst the Trees".  It is an oil painting on 10"x8" canvas.  I liked my original version, especially the little adobe building in the background though as I kept looking at it I wasn't thrilled with the grass color and/or trees in the foreground.  This led to my reworking the painting for my final submission to Let's Paint New Mexico. Below are the photos of all three (the photo I was sent, my first version and my final submission for Challenge 9).

Currently I have just finished working with a printer locally to have cards of the eight paintings on display at Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque so that if anyone would like to have a piece of my artwork at a very reasonable price they can purchase it on a card until they can afford to buy one of my original paintings.  Also I am currently working on a commissioned 10"x8" original oil painting though won't be able to post any photos of it until it is finished and presented, probably late or end of May.